HP298 Humanities Research Lab Regan
Research on the Ancient World

Ancient Greek Literature

Some basic concepts about the literature topics of the times-- a closer glimpse at possible Agora conversation.

Greek literature is some of the oldest written language known to man. The Iliad and the Oddysey, both epic poems attributed to Homer, date back to about the 8th century b.c.e.

After epic poems came the development of theatre; entertainment for the illiterate and the general public. Playwrights such as Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus wrote meaningful tragedies and comedies that were performed at various festivals in the Ancient world, and are still read and studied in great detail today.

The actors who performed in the plays wore giant exaggerated masks to project their voices and allow the audience members to more easily understand their character (especially since women were not permitted to perform-- men would wear masks portraying women's faces).